I am an experienced chair, non-executive director, and business leader. Between 2014 and 2021, I was CEO of the Financial Services Council. I am Chair of Destination NSW and a Non-Executive Director of Chubb Insurance Australia; Pankind, the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation; and the Garvan Research Foundation. I am a member of the Advisory Board of consulting firm Orizontas and a mentor with McCarthy Mentoring. I am passionate about women’s financial independence and economic security and have utilised my experiences in financial services policy development and mentoring, and have advised government via corporate advisory boards.
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Non-Executive Director, Sydney Australia
I have over 30 years’ experience as a senior executive, business leader and philanthropist. I spent my earlier career at CBA, Optus, Amdahl in the US and IBM Australia. Most recently, I was Founding Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Fortescue Metals Group and Chairman of UK-listed Sirius Minerals PLC. I am Chairman of the Garvan Foundation and Non-Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. I also hold a Doctorate of Business (DBA) and have been an Associate Member of CPA for over 40 years. I joined Ignition in December 2020.
Co-founder and Non-Executive Director, Sydney Australia
I have 30 years’ experience in financial services software development. During this time, I have managed and built solutions in Australia, the UK and the US for CBA, Westpac, Barclays, Lloyds and Microsoft. I’m a serial entrepreneur and previously founded, scaled and exited two enterprise technology companies – Invisic into Silicon Valley in 2002 and WealthPoint into Asia in 2006.
Co-founder and Executive Director, Sydney Australia
I have over 35 years global experience across funds management, stockbroking, corporate advisory and venture capital. I have held several C-level roles at leading financial institutions, including Potter Warburg (UBS), ANZ Bank and ABN AMRO. With a focus on technology, innovation and disruption, I have successfully founded two start-ups and currently serve as a key member on both boards.
I oversaw Ignition’s expansion into the Europe and UK markets and have 25 years’ experience in financial services including technology, operations and propositional transformation strategies and implementations. Prior to Ignition, I was a founder and CEO of Omnium Investment Platform and Commercial Director for Natulis Group AG.
Non-Executive Director - Ignition UK, England, United Kingdom
I have 35 years’ experience as a business leader in the UK and European Financial Services sectors. I was a member of the Management Boards of Zurich, AXA and Aegon, then CEO of FNZ, before establishing my own advisory and interim Executive firm. I’ve worked with organisations such as Legal & General, BCG, Prudential and M&G plc. I have a long history of successfully deploying digital technologies to enhance business performance and played a significant role in establishing the investment platform sector in the UK. I joined Ignition in April 2021.
I over 35 years’ of experience in financial services. My most recent executive role was as Chief Executive Officer at J O Hambro Capital Management. Previous roles include Chief Investment Officer at Baring Asset Management; Head of Equities, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer at Schroders Australia; and Global Head of Equities of Schroder Investment Management. I am currently a Non-executive Director of Quilter Financial Planning, where I also serve as Chairman of the Investment Oversight Committee. I have also served as a Non-executive Director of RWC Investment Management. While my heritage is Australian, I have been based in London for the last 20 years.
I’m a Senior Global Financial Services Managing Director with over 30 years’ experience. I’ve worked across Asia and Europe including as a Director and responsible officer and member of responsible entity boards. Recently I was based in Tokyo as Managing Director Asia Pacific of AMP Capital. I’m an active advocate for cross-cultural inclusion and improving wellbeing. I’m currently undertaking a PhD focusing my research on the Financial Planning Industry. I joined Ignition in April 2021.
Global Head of Strategy & Corporate Services, Sydney Australia
I have over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry in a range of senior roles in Australia and Europe, including founding industry consulting firm Tria Investment Partners in 2004. More recent roles include Global Partner and UK & EMEA lead of NMG Consulting’s London practice; and Head of Proposition, Product & Strategy at AustralianSuper. In this role I will provide assistance and guidance to Ignition’s senior management and board in developing and executing the business’s strategy in the Asia Pacific region, and broader global pension fund strategy.
Chief Commercial Officer - Europe, England, United Kingdom
With 23 years industry experience I have held a series of leadership roles within retail financial services technology firms. Prior to Ignition I was the Global Head of Product and Strategy for Bravura Solutions having held a number of Executive roles at the company including Sales Director for EMEA as well as leading Bravura’s M&A team. Prior to Bravura I was the deputy CEO of EQ investors, a regulated Wealth Management, traditional Advice and Hybrid Advice business.
Chief Platform & Technology Officer, Sydney Australia
I have 25 years’ experience designing and building wealth management and advice platforms in financial services in Australia and the UK. Most recently I was Chief Technology Officer at Mason Stevens. Prior to this I worked in executive roles at a mix of fintech and institutional firms including Bravura, Blackrock Solutions, Impact Investing, SS&C, Macquarie Bank and BT Financial Group. As a leader I like to push boundaries in design thinking, business & technical architecture, agile delivery and advocating transformational change in people, culture and process.
Chief Operations Officer Europe, England, United Kingdom
I have 20 years of experience working with clients across a range of industry sectors to implement and optimise technology solutions. Prior to joining Ignition, I was Head of Account Management for Bravura Solutions – a global provider of software solutions. Before that I was a Director within the Technology Consulting practice at Deloitte where I specialised in digital transformation.
As COO Europe, I am responsible for overseeing client services associated with Ignition’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) proposition and will work closely with existing clients to optimise these relationships and oversee the business expansion to onboard new clients within the UK and Europe
I am a senior IT manager with over 20 years’ experience in software development. I’ve developed and led teams through many transformations. Prior to Ignition, I was Group General Manager – Business Support Systems at Vocus and General Manager – IT Services at M2 Group.
I believe that everyone deserves financial wellness – the confidence to make decisions and control their money. I have 15 years’ experience in financial services, and as an internationally certified product manager, I’ve led significant transformation and change initiatives, including technology-enabled financial advice. These projects have helped thousands of advisers and customers, improving the quality and reach of financial advice and driving customer advocacy and loyalty.
With over 20 years of experience in financial services and advice, I’ve worked for several prominent institutions, including AMP, Commonwealth Bank and Zurich. I have a deep knowledge of financial advice across multiple functions, including compliance, operations, risk management and advice business leadership. I’m passionate about improving access to quality financial advice. At Ignition, I lead our advice and content strategy, including building and maintaining our advice algorithms.
APAC Business Development Director, Sydney Australia
I have over 25 years’ experience in the wealth management industry, with a deep understanding of the APAC wealth technology market from advice through to member administration. Prior to joining Ignition, I was Head of Portfolio solutions at Bravura Solution, responsible for sales, strategy and product. My experience also includes various product, project management and applications architect roles at Bravura, Westpac and Macquarie Bank.
As Business Development Director, I am responsible for building client relationships and the delivery of sales growth in the APAC region, a core part of Ignition’s global growth strategy as the leading advice technology for financial institutions.
I have over 25 years’ experience in marketing, operations and product across life insurance, superannuation and investments and held senior marketing roles at TAL, the Association of Financial Advice and NEOS Life. I volunteer as a deputy chair and board director of a pro bono financial advice network. I am proud to work with the Ignition team on delivering digital advice solutions to institutions that help improve the financial wellbeing of their customers. I joined Ignition Advice in March 2021.